Absolute Truth…or Not?

Is there such a thing as absolute truth?

If you answered yes, you share a traditional world view that is quickly falling out of favor in our culture.

If you said no, you’ve just contradicted yourself. Saying there’s no such thing as absolute truth is actually making an absolute truth statement!

Absolute truths are accepted in almost every meaningful discipline of life: mathematics, chemistry, biology. Two plus two equals four. Not three or five. It’s an accepted absolute.

So why, in a world where absolute truth exists in most disciplines of life, does it not apply to morality and spirituality? Who decided these two areas are an exception?

We’re living in a time when things are true until we don’t want them to be. Think about it.

  • By the world’s standards, a baby in the womb is a baby only if the mother wants the baby. Otherwise, it’s a “clump of cells.”
  • Our culture has decided binary gender—male and female—are now two of many options that are no longer exclusively male or female, despite physical biological evidence to the contrary. Gender is now “fluid” depending on the individual’s changing feelings.
  • Right and wrong are no longer absolutes, either. Now, what’s wrong for you may be right for me. And who are you to judge?
  • A recent Netflix documentary, Liberated, was created to “present the sexual landscape of our culture as it is rather than preach about it.” But critics were furious to learn it “showed the emptiness in hook-up culture and one-night-stands.” Apparently, it’s no longer acceptable to speak the truth.
  • Our culture decries control of the nation’s borders to stem illegal immigration in the name of children’s best interests, yet celebrates the legality of killing babies minutes before their birth.

It’s difficult to justify such contradictions in the name of logic and rationality.

We can call evil good and good evil, and claim truth is relative, but that doesn’t make it so.

We live in a world that demands hard evidence, yet refuses to believe in a Creator because they won’t recognize the evidence that’s there. This delicately balanced universe could not have accidentally evolved any more than a Rolex watch just happened to evolve into a sophisticated time piece.

People who deny the evidence of their own bodies in favor of gender-bending claims are basing those claims on feelings and faulty thinking, rather than biological evidence.

We follow scientists who teach the universe began with a “big bang,” but they can’t produce evidence or explain the source of the gasses that supposedly exploded.

So what’s a Christian to do? How can we respond in a way that engages the culture? How can we present evidence based on a biblical world view instead of simply arguing with those who disagree with us?

Follow the ABCs!

Ask questions:

  • Before sharing what you believe, ask what the other person believes and why.
  • Have they researched the topic for themselves?
  • What are their personal experiences related to the subject?

Be respectful:

  • Don’t demonize those who disagree with you.
  • Really listen to what they say…and what they don’t say.
  • Try to understand why they believe what they do. Are their beliefs influenced by past emotional wounds?
  • Be willing to “plant seeds” rather than “go in for the kill.”

Communicate compassion:

  • Care about the person more than you care about winning an argument. Be willing to build a relationship with them.
  • Leave the door open for further discussion. Most serious disagreements are not resolved in one conversation.

As Christians, we find ourselves living right-side-up in an upside-down world. But nobody promised it would be easy. Ask the Holy Spirit for the perseverance to stay true to the Person of Truth, Jesus Christ. Then speak the truth in love and live it out, regardless of others’ responses.

I suspect some of those who disagree with us may be secretly cheering us on. Because if we can live for the One who said, “I am the Truth,” it gives others hope. Hope that their shallow world, built on shifting contradictions, is not all there is to life.

And that can be the best truth of all.

Are You Mad at God?

God, how could you let that drunk driver kill my son?

What about the baby born without arms and legs – where’s the good in that?

There’s just too much suffering in the world – if God exists, why does He allow it?

It’s all God’s fault—if there even is a God…or so an angry unbeliever will say with a certainty based on opinion alone. “How can a good God exist while allowing all the evil in the world?” they ask, bitterness tinging their voice. “Surely the suffering that surrounds us proves He doesn’t exist.”

I confess to a little confusion on my part, as well. No, not about the existence of God. My confusion is generated by the depth of anger and hostility unbelievers direct at a Being they claim doesn’t exist.

I’m also confused by the double standards and absence of logic in their arguments. For one thing, if the presence of evil proves the non-existence of God, then why doesn’t the presence of good prove that He does exist?

Many claim our own efforts are responsible for such good things as the beauty of love, the sustaining power of hope, or the refreshing encouragement of joy. But then why isn’t it reasonable to say the evil in this world is also generated by our own efforts?

Funny how some can say that when we make good choices, it’s to our credit, but when we make bad ones, it’s God’s fault. The sad, unvarnished truth is that we are broken people living in a broken world. Even when the first humans lived in a garden paradise, they still found a way to mess it up…and we’ve been carrying on the tradition ever since.

We’re broken by sin, but He offers healing for our spirits now and for our bodies later, if not now.

We’re separated from the One we need the most, but He offers to restore our relationship with Him based on the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.

We’ve spoiled this world, but He promises a new and better world to come.

We can blame God because we are tormented by cancer, heart disease, and AIDS.
We can be mad at God because murderers and rapists destroy what we cherish.
We can shake our fists at Him in response to the earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis that cause the earth to shudder.

Or…we can look at the mess we’ve made of ourselves and our world, and be grateful God hasn’t washed His hands of us once and for all.

God is good.

Don’t be mad at a God you’re not even sure exists.

Be glad for a God who loves us enough to fix what we’ve broken.